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Tired of turning up cavities at your dental exams? It’s time for some strengthening. You can help remineralize and protect your enamel at home, without expensive products or procedures. By prioritizing stronger teeth on a daily basis, you’ll be able to effect big changes. Check out our tips below to get started.
How to Reinforce and Respect Your Enamel
- Use fluoride toothpaste – Fluoride helps your enamel remain thick and strong. If your teeth have become worn, it will help reduce sensitivity, reverse etching from acids, and protect you against future disease. Ask us for a product recommendation if you’re not sure where to start.
- Avoid acidic drinks – The mouth has a neutral pH of around 5.5 – if it drops below that the enamel will dissolve, and if it rises above it will remineralize. The mouth is more often acidic than basic, because many of the foods and drinks we consume pose an acidic threat. Sugary and starchy foods are especially dangerous, as well as fruit juices, coffee, sports drinks, and other high-acidity beverages (these wash over your teeth and have a heightened impact on enamel).
- Protect your teeth from grinding – Clenching or grinding has a significant impact on your teeth. It leads to worn enamel, chips, cracks, and even breaks. Long-term bruxism can also cause jaw disorders and discomfort. If you think you might be grinding, pay attention to how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If you have headaches, jaw pain, or sore teeth, make an appointment to get help.
- Consider spots you might be missing during oral hygiene – We all have our weaknesses when brushing and flossing. There may be areas of your teeth that you’re not cleaning properly. Ask your hygienist if you have spots with etching or accumulated plaque after your next exam, and we’ll help improve your cleaning technique.
If you’re experiencing serious sensitivity and looking for help, we can discuss in-office options for rebuilding your teeth. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or porcelain crowns will augment your tooth structure and protect your smile.